2019 Wild Goose Tour
July 28th to August 4, 2019
Starts on July 28, 2019 for 8 days from Lhasa, Tibet to the Kunlun Mountain’s Wild Goose Temple
Highlights of the tour include flying into Lhasa,Tibet and staying in the beautiful Shangra-La 5 Star Hotel and visiting the amazing Potala Palace, the Sera Monastery and Jokhang Temple. Then, enjoy a beautiful overnight experience at the Samye Monastery outside of Lhasa to have a complete tour of this monastery that first anchored Buddhism in Tibet. Then, back to Lhasa to take a flight that flies over the Kunlun Mountains to far Western China. Here we will stay in the beautiful Hilton-Doubletree Hotel for two nights. We will take 4-wheel Drive vehicles and drive into the Kunlun Mountains to visit the Taoist Monastery Complex where Wild Goose Qigong originated.
Also, consider the 8 day add-on tour to Mt Emei and Qingcheng Mountain.
5 Star Hotels
Optional Qigong Classes
Cost: $3245.00 Double Occupancy
Lhasa is the second most populous city on the Tibetan Plateau after Xining and, at an altitude of 3,490 metres (11,450 ft), Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. The city has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the mid-17th century. It contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Samye Monastery.
Kunlun is originally the name of a mythical mountain believed to be a Taoist paradise. The first to visit this paradise was, according to the legends, King Mu (976-922 BCE) of the Zhou Dynasty. He supposedly discovered there the Jade Palace of the Yellow Emperor, the mythical originator of Chinese culture, and met Hsi Wang Mu, the 'Spirit Mother of the West' usually called the 'Queen Mother of the West', who was the object of an ancient religious cult which reached its peak in the Han Dynasty, and also had her mythical abode in these mountains.
Kunlun to mean the mountain belt that runs across the center of China, that is, Kunlun in the narrow sense: Altyn Tagh along with the Qilian and Qin Mountains. A recent source has the Kunlun range forming most of the south side of the Tarim Basin and then continuing east south of the Altyn Tagh. Sima Qian says that Emperor Wu of Han sent men to find the source of the Yellow River and gave the name Kunlun to the mountains at its source. The name seems to have originated as a semi-mythical location in the classical Chinese text Shanhai Jing.
Day 1, Juy 28 Arrive Lhasa
Airport pick up and transfer to hotel.
Day 2, Jul 29, Lhasa Sightseeing
Potala Palace, Johnkang Temple and Bakor street
When you get to the foot of the mountain Mabori (red hill) where Potala Palace is located, you will see the pilgrims taking koras (religious circling) around Potala Palace. Then, hike to the top of the palace and have a bird view whole Lhasa City. Meanwhile, tourists can visit the treasures of Tibet and the holiest tomb of the H.H the Dalai Lama reincarnation.
When you arrive in front of Jokhang Temple you will see lots of the pilgrims prostrating and stretching their full bodies back and forth on the ground to get the blessing from the Buddha, from which you can will feel the strong power of the temple and also will see the construction style of Tibet in the early 7th century. Then inside the Jokhang Temple you can visit the holiest or the oldest statues of the Lord Buddha which was brought to Tibet from Chinese mainland.
Follow the local Tibetans and you see how they are practicing their religion, like praying beads, praying wheels, chanting, burning the natural incense in the burner, prostrating all the way around on the Barkhor Street with their family. Besides, you will see the customs of Tibetans from different places and the traditional Tibetan architecture.
You will explore the oldest market of Tibet around Barkor Street, there are lots of vendors around the Barkhor Street selling Tibetan traditional apparel, well-curved colorful furniture, jewels, bronze Buddhist statues and lots of stuff of Tibetan Buddhism, you may have chance to see the traditional jewelry being trading by people from a different part of Tibet.
You will taste the local teas in the local tea houses which sell the smooth and sweet teas like cha-yi in India. Tasting the teas with local people, you can feel the strong atmosphere of Tibetan community and get to know how Tibetan people spend the leisure time.
Day 3, Jul 30, Lhasa Sightseeing
Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
Visit One of the Biggest Monasteries in Lhasa - the Drepung
Travelling like a pilgrim to visit one of the biggest monasteries and universities of Tibetan Buddhism, you can explore the halls and chapels inside Drepung and you may have chance to see and hear the mysterious chanting or praying by the monks. You will visit the biggest assembling hall which can accommodate 2000 monks at a time and see the 1st palace of the Dalai Lamas.
Pay a Visit to the Hand-made Buddhist Sculpture Carving
Our guide will take you to visit Mani Stones and Buddha Sculpture Workshops beside Drepung Monastery. You will enjoy how Tibetan craftsmen make Buddha Sculptures and engrave Buddhist scriptures on stones. Such tradition and skills are the essential to Tibetan culture and are known as the great cultural heritage of Tibet Plateau.
See the On-the-spot Monk Debate in the Debating Courtyard of Sera Monstery
It is a good chance to see into the real life of the monk and see how monks are practicing the Buddhism by watching the monk debate in a courtyard in Sera Monastery, groups of monks debate with their classmates in their special way using dramatic body language and mental language to make them become smarter in study.
Inside Sera Monastery, you will see how the monks are skillful in practicing Buddhist art. The amazing and holy Mandalas made of colorful sand shows the spiritual paradise of Buddhism. During your visit in Tibet, if you are lucky, you may see the process of making Mandalas in some monasteries.
The sera monastery is the library of Buddhist text. Rich in its variety such as printing wood block and sculptures. In this place you can get to know, how the religious texts are made. Sometimes in the monastery you may witness the writing of the religious text on site and you may can see the process of printing press in action.
Day 4, Jul 31 Lhasa -Samye monastery ( 230km, 4-5hrs diving)
Samye Monastery is famous for its sacred mandala design: the central hall symbolizes the legendary Mt Meru, the center of the universe, while the outer temples represent the oceans, continents, and other features of the Buddhist cosmology. The monastery combined Chinese, Tibetan and Indian architectural styles. The layout was designed completely according to the ideal universe found in Buddhist scriptures.
Day 5, Aug 01 Samye monastery back to Lhasa ( 230km)
Visit Samye monastery again in the morning and then drive back to Lhasa
Built on the northern side of the Yalong Tsangpu River, Samye monastery was the 1st monastery in whole Tibet and established in the mid-8th century by the 2nd greatest religious king of Tibet called Trisong Detsen. To make this monastery special the king invited one of the greatest Indian Buddhist masters called as Guru Pathma Sam Bhava.
Day 6, Aug 02 Lhasa – Golmud
Fly from Lhasa to Golmud and upon arrival be picked up and transfer to the hotel
Day 7, Aug 03 ,Golmud one day sightseeing of Kunlun Mountain, Taoist monastery Complexes where Wild Goose Qigong originated
Be pick up from hotel at 09:00 and start sightseeing Sightseeing of
Kunlun Mountain, Taoist monastery complexes where Wild Goose Qigong originated
Day 8, Aug 04 Fly from Golmud back home
See you off in airport and the service in this part
Deposit of $500.00 to secure place on tour payable here;
All accommodation on twin room sharing
Professional English speaking tour guides
All entrance tickets listed in the itinerary
Bottled water provided each day
Travel casualty insurance
Service fee & tax
Round-way International airfare or train tickets Sightseeing, service and any other meal not mentioned in the itinerary
Visa fee, passport application or renewal fee.
Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellboy, etc.
Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, laundry, postage, communications and beverages.
Optional meals and shows mentioned in the itinerary, which will be added up if the clients desire to take the activities.
Applicable taxes or government fees.
Any other changes caused by the acts of God, natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control of the tour organizer and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating the laws.
Any items not specified in the plan.